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Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future

Michael G. Miller


In the wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the case that allowed corporate and union spending in elections, many Americans despaired over the corrosive influence that private and often anonymous money can have on political platforms, campaigns, and outcomes at the federal and state level. In McComish v. Bennett (2011), the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the matching funds feature of so-called “Clean Elections” public financing laws, but there has been no strong challenge to the constitutionality of public funding as such. This book considers the impact of st ... More

Keywords: election spending, private money, political campaigns, public financing law, election financing, elite behavior, electoral system, Clean Elections laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452277
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael G. Miller, author
University of Illinois, Springfield